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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Vinyl Skirt on: May 30, 2012 08:35:42 PM
It's been quite a while since I posted anything, but here's a skirt I completed today. It was a pretty quick and straightforward project - two layers of vinyl cut like a circle skirt using my hip measurement for the inner circle, edged in bias binding, and a jersey waistband. I can do a tutorial if anyone is interested  Smiley

I've seen photos of these skirts before and figured I'd try making one of my own after I found this great translucent pink vinyl for $1.99 a yard.

The two circles laid out, ready for a waistband, which proved to be a little difficult to sew on because of how much less flexible than fabric the vinyl is and because I was too lazy to put tissue paper under it so it would feed well Tongue

There's a little more info on my blog (mainly a story about using dry erase markers on vinyl): http://as-i-sew.blogspot.com/2012/05/turns-out-frosted-pink-vinyl-and-dry.html

As usual, thanks for looking! All comments, questions, critiques are welcome.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Female Satyr/Faun (image heavy) on: October 31, 2011 12:23:16 PM
So, I know many people have made this costume in the past (and mine is definitely inspired by those), but I've wanted one of my own for a while now. Well, here it is! It was quite an experience to make and I wish I had started earlier than I did because there was several late nights involved.

The pieces I made are the horns, top, legs, and shoe covers. The necklace was one I owned.

I used a pair of leggings as a base and hand sewed carved upholstery foam to them while worn, plus added fiber fill to the butt area (that was an interesting time haha). Then I taped up one leg to use for a pattern (idea for tape from http://www.komickrazi.com/costumes/tut3.html). Each leg ended up being 9 pattern pieces once I cut the tape apart.

The horns were stuffed fabric, tied up with thread, and wired so I could pose them and attach them to a headband. I love how they came out.

The only part I'm not totally happy with is the hooves. I didn't have the correct materials and didn't manage to make them cloven, but hey, better than just wearing the shoes.

The tail was definitely one of my favorite parts, and I kept getting compliments on my butt  Roll Eyes

I wanted the top to have as few seams as possible, as if I made it roughly from materials I could find in the woods. It worked out almost exactly like I wanted, so I was quite happy with that.

Thanks for looking! Comments, critique, questions are all welcome  Smiley

PS. So many awesome costumes already posted this year!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sims 2 Cosplay ("kimono" dress, plumbobs, thought bubble) on: September 16, 2011 10:04:06 AM
For a local convention this summer my best friend and I dressed as sims from Sims 2. I've seen lots of sims costumes before but they're often plain clothes with a plumbob, so we wanted to do outfits that were recognizable as being directly from the game.

I made all parts of my outfit except for the shoes. It includes a dress, obi, leg warmers, and the jewelry.

This is the game version for reference (link for the sake of space):

I was quite excited about how well the gradient came out on the obi. I hand dyed yellow fabric with orange dye. This part of the costume gave me some trouble... I had made the obi one way, hated it, ripped it all apart and remade it so it's put together like a tsuke obi.

Something that bothered me the whole time I was working on the dress was that the wrap goes the wrong way for a kimono even though it is clearly modeled after one... I almost switched it, but I'm a stickler for costume accuracy and was already making some compromises.

For the plumbobs I used a template from here: http://simsgalore.co.uk/7994/create-your-own-plumbob/
I printed several templates on cardstock, glued them together, attached to headbands with wire, and finally painted.

For the thought bubble, I digitally traced the bubble and symbols from screenshots, printed them, and hand painted in the colors (except the alien head which has gray paper glued on). The symbols are on velcro so we could change them out during the day.

Finally, time for some action shots! If you want to know more about my friend's costume, here's that thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387572.msg4585639#msg4585639

Thanks for looking! C & C, questions, etc. are all appreciated  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sheer blouse and polka dot circle skirt on: August 26, 2011 02:04:45 PM
When I saw both of these fabrics at the store I had to have them. I knew right away I wanted a circle skirt from the yellow with white polka-dots, but I was a little stumped on the white fabric at first (which is sheer and has little polka-dots that are even more see-through). I decided on a blouse, then got stuck on the collar until my mother suggested I make it tie, and if I remember right, I saw someone wearing a similar collar on Project Runway Cheesy
I used this tutorial for the skirt: http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/04/circle-skirt-how-to.html
and New Look 6599 for the blouse, though with a lot of alterations - I changed all the darts to princess seams, did plain sleeve ruffles instead of cuffs, got rid of the yoke, made it close all the way up, and drafted the new collar.
The entire blouse is french seamed, including the armholes.
I was determined to use pearl buttons on it, and after some helpful advice here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388329.0, figured out an arrangement that worked. Thanks again to those who helped out!
The skirt hem isn't as even as I would like, but after re-cutting it several times, I decided it would just keep stretching out on the bias and end up longer in some spots (from waist to hem) no matter what.

You can better see the sheerness/dots here, I am wearing a camisole underneath in all the photos.

The skirt has a side zip and fabric covered button, that I tried to pattern match to the waistband...it worked alright. I tried to match the side seams as well and the only place that didn't work was over the zipper.

and here I am showing off my dancing skills Tongue I made the organza petticoats a while ago to wear with these sorts of skirts, and the bloomers as well.

all comments, suggestions, questions, etc. welcome! Thanks for looking  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Retro polka-dot dress on: August 25, 2011 05:26:14 PM
One of my friends really likes pinup/retro dresses, so when we were trying to come up with a Christmas present from me to her, I suggested I make one. It took a looong time, with lots of little problems along the way, but I finally got it together for some photos the other day.

I couldn't find a suitable pattern so I made a sloper for her and went from there. I think it worked out okay - except it took lots of fittings and when we put it on for the photos, the dress was way too big in the back waist even though it fit last fitting. Oh well, I'll fix it some day.

It is a halter top, with a separate red tie belt, lined and lightly boned bodice (except the two front seams), and a circle skirt (maybe it's 3/4 circle...). I also made a light petticoat to go with it.

Alright, enough of that, on to the pics! (I played hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer as well, so any comments/suggestions about those are also welcome)

(not the best photo, but the best one I have showing how the halter curves)

bodice lining:

and one more from the photoshoot for fun  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / are these buttons too small for this blouse? on: August 14, 2011 03:35:41 PM
So I really have my heart set on pearl buttons for this blouse I'm making. I went to buy some and ended up with these because all the other ones I saw had really long shanks that I thought would hang strangely on something this sheer. The problem is now that I laid them out I don't know if they're not too small... thoughts? And if they're not too small, how should I space them? like this so there's 6 or closer together for 7?
If they are too small... suggestions for what kinds of buttons to use? I feel like I can never decide on buttons  Tongue

Thanks in advance for any help!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Men's Jeans (Sims 2 Style) on: August 04, 2011 08:52:56 AM
Last Christmas, I asked my friends what they'd each like me to make them. I may be running a little late with these gifts Tongue
One friend chose these jeans from the Sims 2 game so he could wear them normally but also use them for cosplay. I had never made jeans, men's pants, or done a zippered fly, but of course I agreed.
I used Simplicity 4760 as a starting point, but it's very heavily altered (separate waistband, wider legs, back pockets, and those stripes-which are set in not appliqued). The top stitching was a bit of a pain to do because I wasn't able to use a twin needle. I also made the orange belt, but that was super easy.

No one will ever see this, but for fun, I used fabric I tie dyed to line the pockets.

And finally, if you've played the Sims 2 you might recognize this outfit (though we modified it quite a bit)

Thanks for looking! Comments, questions, criticisms are all welcome  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a couple pairs of colorful stripey leggings on: May 10, 2011 10:38:13 AM
I didn't really like leggings in the past, but I saw all this great stretch fabric and had to make some this winter (I'm a little late posting heh). They've grown on me since then. I made my own pattern by tracing a pair of tight pants. Some patterns just have an inseam seam, but I went with ones on the side too to keep my stripes less distorted front and back, and for more shaping. This made me a bit obsessive about matching the pattern on the sides though.

These are the only ones I didn't match the stripes - they alternate instead. I'm not a fan of how they line up on the inside, but as a whole these are my favorite I think.

It's hard to see, but this burgundy fabric has sheer black stripes (looking flesh tone here), so if I wore other color tights underneath they would peek through.

I used this pair for some semi-abstract photos, and I really like the result:

Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques welcome.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / reproduction of a painting in cut paper on: May 06, 2011 10:43:38 AM
One of the assignments for a visual design class I took was to reproduce a painting by a historically significant artist using cut paper. I chose this Monet piece: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_011.jpg
The idea was to simplify the painting but still give the feeling of it, including the expressiveness of the brush strokes and use of color.
Here's how my finished piece ended up:

Some progress:
I cut general shapes (I admit they were traced directly off a printout) for some base color then placed tiny rectangles of paper over that using a toothpick. My mother saw what I wanted to do and just said "you can't, that's not possible." She's usually pretty supportive of my craziness, so her thinking it was too crazy helped motivate me to finish  Cheesy

and a size reference: it's pretty small, 4.5" by 5.5"

Thanks for looking! I'd love to know what you think  Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 3 Paintings and a Face Collage on: April 14, 2011 06:30:30 PM
I'm taking a Visual Design in 2D class this semester and these are a couple things I've done for that. One project was three paintings showing different depth. All are gouache on bristol board.

My favorite is this one, which is supposed to show deep space:

Next, transparent shapes (specifically using color mixing, not transparent layers of paint) pressed against a surface:

I don't really like this last one... well, it's okay from very far away/small Tongue but I like my sketch for it better. The paint just would not go on how I wanted it to. It's supposed to give the illusion of a relief surface, like in stone:

and the sketch

We had another project to make a cubist face collage out of magazines. We were supposed to cause some reaction in the viewer of these (creep them out, make them laugh, make them think, etc). I wanted the whole collage to be a bit androgynous by using a male body and female faces. Although I made it by pretty much putting together anything that I liked the look of, looking at it now, I do get a message out of it. With the hunched body it may be someone looking closely in a mirror, with the message perhaps being about beauty and transformations people go through (whether male or female) to "put themselves together".

Thanks for looking!
Comments, questions, critique are all welcome  Smiley
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